BCPRC Submission for the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

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Having completed the poverty reduction consultation phase, the government is now conducting a public consultation through the newly created Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to “create a seamless, coordinated mental health and addictions system that is free of discrimination and stigma, and focused on hope and healing.” Given that economic security is a critical social determinant of mental health, it is important that the mental health and addictions strategy recognize this fact and connect to the poverty reduction strategy to take collaborative action in addressing the root causes of poverty.

Tackling poverty is vital for the success of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition appreciates the opportunity to make our recommendations focused on this issue.

Read our full submission here.